cray·​fish | \ ˈkrā-ˌfish How to pronounce crayfish (audio) \

Definition of crayfish

1 : any of numerous freshwater decapod crustaceans (especially families Astacidea, Cambaridae, and Parastacidae) resembling the lobster but usually much smaller

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Recent Examples on the Web The rigs are baited with minnows, crayfish and leeches and worked in the current under a float. cleveland, "Non-resident anglers allowed back on Lake Erie on Friday: Fishing Report," 7 May 2020 Apart from such creatures, Wuhan is famed for peppery frog legs, braised crayfish and spicy duck necks, a favorite drinking snack. Washington Post, "Chinese city at center of virus outbreak is major crossroads," 24 Jan. 2020 Minnows and crayfish will be moving around, and aquatic insects will start to hatch. John Merwin, Field & Stream, "Catch Big Spring Trout in High, Dirty Water," 9 Apr. 2020 These organs, called barbels, help the fish to locate bottom-dwelling prey, such as snails, mussels, clams, crayfish, insect larvae, and fish eggs. National Geographic, "Lake sturgeon," 25 Feb. 2020 Visit now to enjoy some of the best beaches in the Caribbean (Shoal Bay is a notable standout), and delicious local dishes like crayfish and johnny cakes. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Spring Break Destinations for Grown-Ups," 21 Feb. 2020 The unnamed crayfish will be on display this weekend at the Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "A Kentucky biologist discovered a new species, and you could name it," 24 Jan. 2020 Take a 20-minute boat ride and see underground critters, including blind cave crayfish. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "Put down the remote and embrace Indiana winter with these fun activities and destinations," 15 Nov. 2019 Hardcore devotees like Sun Yi, 22, traveled 24 hours on a train from his village to join the meetup at one of the crayfish restaurants. Bloomberg News, The Denver Post, "The billion-dollar race to become China’s Amazon Twitch," 29 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of crayfish

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crayfish

by folk etymology from Middle English crevis, from Anglo-French creveis, escreveice, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German krebiz crab — more at crab

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The first known use of crayfish was in the 14th century

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16 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Crayfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of crayfish

: an animal that looks like a small lobster and lives in rivers and streams


cray·​fish | \ ˈkrā-ˌfish How to pronounce crayfish (audio) \
plural crayfish

Kids Definition of crayfish

1 : a freshwater shellfish that looks like the related lobster but is much smaller

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